There are a model for the future, within months of running on 100% renewable energy. El Hierro, in Spain canarian islands, is energy-independent thanks to a mix of wind and hydroelectric power. In Denmark, Samsø is generating more electricity from renewable energy than it consums. The inhabitants of Eigg, a tiny Scottish island, live without fossils fuels using hydro, wind and solar energy.
For 3 years, the inhabitants of the island of Sein struggle to give up fuel in favor of renewable energy. However, their collective approach is hampered by EDF, which does not intend to let them become self-reliant. The law on energy transition under discussion in the French Assembly could give them the resources they need.
After flying over the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Polynesia, REMMOA team began to observe for 3 months the great Caledonian marine life of this marine area of 1 million km2. This unprecedented scientific mission is funded by the French agency of Marine Protected Areas and is coordinated by Pélagis Observatory, with local environmental NGO's support.
U.S. scientists have called for international cooperation to preserve the ecosystems of the deep seabed, whose mineral wealth and fisheries are coveted by manufacturers.
Taiwan Forestry Office announced the creation of a sanctuary to protect the white dolphin of China, an endangered humpback dolphin species. Set up by the end of June, the sanctuary will cover 76,300 hectares along the west coast of the island.
Second tourist destination in the world for manta, Indonesia has created the largest sanctuary in the world to protect this fascinating sea creature is as popular amongst divers for their grace than amongst Chinese for their gills.
Located in Corsica, MYRTE experimental platform has set up the Greenergy Box, a new storage system and energy management developed by Areva. Operating on a coupling of solar panels with a system of hydrogen storage and fuel cell, this installation aims to solve the problems of intermittent solar energy.
With his steel trunk of 8 meters high and its branches from 80 to 100 plastic sheets that serve as mini wind turbines, "l'Arbre à Vent" revolutionizes the traditional image of wind turbines. Aesthetic and silent, this technological innovation offers a new reliable source of energy on a human scale which should promote energy independence of consumers.
Researchers at University of California Berkeley have developed a carpet that will convert waves into usable energy. The team is looking for funding to develop the first pilot plant into the ocean and convince its benefits.